ITB Berlin 2015: One world. One industry. One trade show.

ITB Berlin

Credit: ITB Berlin 2015

Welcome to the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show: One world. One industry. One trade show.

Today, ITB Berlin is the leading trade show of the worldwide travel industry and, at the same time, the biggest travel show for the German public. What began in 1966 as a small event in the framework of an overseas import trade show has grown to over 180 participating countries, the first 250 trade visitors have increased to over 114,000 and the exhibition space expanded from 580 m² to today’s 160,000 m². This is also the time in which the tourism industry developed into one of the world’s most important economic factors – along with its leading trade show. As the Leading Travel Trade Show, ITB Berlin is the foremost business platform for global touristic offers. It is the center and pivotal point of an entire industry – and the ideal platform for businesses and institutions from the whole world of travel

Experience the whole world of travel in one location: Countries, cities and regions, tour operators, online booking portals and hotels, and many other service providers from over 180 countries present their products and services. In addition, ITB Berlin is divided into separate segments which reflect the most important current topics, making it easy to find your way around the trade show’s broad range of products and services. ITB Berlin promises every participant an enriching experience – encounters with people from all over the world, and valuable first-hand knowledge through personal interactions with international professionals. ITB Berlin Convention has established itself as the industry’s main knowledge platform. Top-notch presentations on global trends and innovation make the convention a path-breaking event for the whole tourism industry.

Despite its size and uniquely diverse offers, ITB Berlin features a clear, logical structure: Along with the familiar geographic organization according to Destinations, the hall layout is also arranged in Segments which correspond to the most important touristic topics. The Map of the exhibition grounds shows you what you can find at ITB Berlin – and where you can find it.

At the Virtual Market Place® you can also research exhibitors, products and networking participants in preparation for ITB Berlin, you can establish contact with them and set up meetings – to optimally prepare for your visit to the trade show.

ITB Berlin is also a generator of inspiration for Corporate Social Responsibility. Ecological and social responsibility is an essential task for the future and a requirement for long-term success – not only in the commercial sense. It is committed to human rights, social justice, the fight against the sexual exploitation of women and children, and climate, environmental and animal protection.


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Christmas Markets in Berlin

Christmas timeWhat could be better than to stroll in the evening over a Christmas market, nibble Spekulatius and roasted almonds and drink mulled wine? Multi-cultural and diverse city of Berlin offers you a wide range of opportunities to enjoy Christmas time! Among the most beautiful and most popular Christmas markets in Berlin are the Christmas market at Charlottenburg Palace, the Christmas market on Lehmann’s farm, Brilliant Xmas at Potsdamer Platz and the Rudow Adventmeile. There are also very special design Christmas markets in the city, such as the Holy. Shit.Shopping, the Neukölln Christmas Flowmarkt, the design Christmas market in the Ku ‘Damm 101, the handmade supermarket X-mas Edition, the trend Mafia designer Christmas market and the Christmas Rodeo – Design a Christmas market. Here visitors will find unconventional fashion, crafts and other beautiful things to give gifts and make a present.

One of the most anticipated events is the opening of the first vegetarian Christmas market in Berlin. The Green Christmas Market starts on Sunday, the 30th of November, in Arena Berlin also called Glashaus. Arena Berlin Christmas market will present only the best vegan vegetarian products from Germany, including gingerbread and waffles. Adults and kids of all ages will have an opportunity to take part in creative workshops, listen to live music and get inspired with many small gift ideas.

The Potsdamer Platz in the heart of Berlin is the other place to be during Christmas, as it transforms in a huge winter wonderland. Visitors are welcome to enjoy Europe’s largest toboggan run with a view of the Brandenburg Gate. You can skate for free on the 40 x 13 meters ice rink in front of the Stage Theater am Potsdamer Platz. Skates are available to rent on site and children between four and seven can take free skating lessons. After all these sporting adventures, numerous small huts restock your energy with warm and sweet winter food.

Anyone, who wants to experience the magic charm of Christmas, should visit Berlin and find Christmas market which suits him the best.


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Fall of the Berlin Wall: 25 Year Anniversary

the-berlin-wall-separating-west-berlin-and-east-berlin-five-years-after-being-built-19662014 is a historic year for Berlin. Twenty-five years ago the most significant event in recent German history occurred: on 9th November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell and Berlin stopped being a divided city.

The light installation made of 8,000 balloons will be forming a 12 kilometer long light border in the city center that will run along the former course of the Wall, and present a “symbol of hope for a world without borders”.

Starting point of the “border of light” is the former border crossing BornholmerStraße. It runs through the Mauerpark, past Berlin Wall Memorial, follows the banks of the river Spree near the Reichstag building right up to Brandenburg Gate, PotsdamerPlatz and the Spree to Oberbaumbrücke. In the evening, the balloons are released into theopen skies, symbolosing the end of the city’s division.If the weather cooperates, the light installation will even be visible from outer space.

Many special events and exhibitions are planned in Berlin. On the 9th of November a festival around Brandenburg Gate at Straße des 17.Juniwill take place. The festival programme includes live music, artistic performances and video projections. Different singers, such as UdoLindenberg and Peter Gabriel are participating. The museums of Berlin will present special exhibitions dedicated to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Special guided tours to the most significant historical places in different languages will also be available.

Millions of visitors from different parts of the world will take place in this unique celebration and share their ideas about freedom, the division of the city, the Cold War and the events leading up to peaceful reunification in 1989-1990. You will have an opportunity to know more about the history of Berlin, and see the city as it is now – a vibrant metropolis and a place of inspiration, ideas and vision.


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